TMJ is the common term for temporomandibular joint disorder. It’s a very common, and often misdiagnosed, disorder that can be responsible for a wide range of symptoms. Because TMJ involves complex interactions between muscles, bones, tendons, and joints, you need a dentist who has experience treating this kind of disorder. Glendale TMJ dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox has extensive training and experience in neuromuscular dentistry and can help you find relief from TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is the joint between your jawbone and your skull, and TMJ disorders cause pain in this joint and in the muscles that control the jaw. Although it’s often associated with clenching or grinding of the teeth, this isn’t necessarily the case.
TMJ is often the result of problems with bite, jaw alignment, or teeth spacing. These conditions can place excessive stress on your jaw and create the symptoms of TMJ. Patients who suffer from TMJ may experience:
- Chronic, debilitating headaches
- Difficulty or discomfort when chewing
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Neck, face, back, or shoulder pain
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities.
A qualified dentist who is experienced in neuromuscular issues can identify and effectively treat TMJ.
If you experience symptoms of TMJ and live in Glendale or the greater Phoenix area, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilcox.